LEROY DEMERY -- Funeral services for Dr. Leroy William Demery, conducted by Rev. Lee Bines, were held Sat., Dec. 13, 2003, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial was directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Dr. Demery died Mon., Dec. 8, 2003, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. He was born Dec. 11, 1918, in Greeleyville, a son of the late the Rev. Virgil Demery and Esther Camlin Demery. He received his formal education at Tomlinson High School and South Carolina State College, where he graduated as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, and while he served his country in the foreign theater, rose to the rank of captain. He retired, because of illness, from his practice of general family medicine in Los Angeles, California. When he returned to Kingstee, he was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Survivors are: two sons, Leroy William Demery of Bainbridge, Washington; and Peter Camlin Demery of California; 12 nieces; ten nephews; and a special friend, Ronald Ransom of Cincinnati, Ohio, who served as his medical assistant in his California practice.
EDNA LAW -- Edna Cecile Broughton Law, 90, widow of Louie Lochiel Law, died Thurs., Dec. 11, 2003, at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. Funeral services were held Sat., Dec. 13, 2003, at the Kingstree Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Law was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Alexander McBee and Rose Goldsmith Broughton. She graduated from Sumter High School and attended the University of South Carolina. She also studied voice at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Mrs. Law was a retired vice-president of the Exchange Bank of Kingstree and a member of Kingstree Presbyterian Church. Survivors are: one daughter, Rosemary Law Rogers of Kingstree; one son, Alexander Broughton Law of Littleton, Colorado; one sister, Barbara Broughton Clinton of Memphis, Tennessee; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Kingstree Presbyterian Church.
CORINE MONTGOMERY -- Funeral services for Mrs. Corine Oliver Montgomery, conducted by Rev. Malachi Gibson, were held Tues., Dec. 16, 2003, at Mt. Zion A.M.E. in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followeed at Mt. Zion Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Montgomery, 82, died Fri., Dec. 12, 2003, at Lake Moultrie Nursing Home in St. Stephen. She was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Greeleyville, a daughter of the late Sam Peter Oliver and Janie June Oliver. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. Survivors are: her husband, Isaac Montgomery; four daughters, Mrs. Laura Ann Pressley and Mrs. Elease Pompey, both of Greeleyville; Mrs. Martha Williams of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Janie Mae Rollerson of Kew Gardens, New York; two sons, Edmond Lee Montgomery of Florida; and James Montgomery of Salters; two sisters, Mrs. Rena Moore of Greeleyville; and Mrs. Daisy Harrison of Albany, New York; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
PATRICIA SAULS -- Patricia Rhodes Sauls, 61, died Sat., Dec. 13, 2003, at Carolinas Hospital System-Lake City. Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 15, 2003, at Lake City First Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, followed at Lake City Memorial Park. Mrs. Sauls was born in Lake City, a daughter of the late Rollins William and Rebecca Hanna Rhodes. She was a graduate of Lake City High School, attended Tuomey School of Nursing and was a home health care provider. Mrs. Sauls was a member of Lake City First Baptist Church. Survivors are: one daughter, Lori Ann Sauls of Charleston; one son, Steven Tyson Sauls of Olanta; two sisters, Peggy Rodgers of Lake City; and Phyllis Parker of Waycross, Georgia; three brothers, R.W. Rhodes, Jr., of Columbia; Michael Rhodes of Folly Beach and Randy Rhodes of Darlington; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be make to Patricia Rhodes Sauls Fund, Post Office Box 1083, Lake City, South Carolina 29560 to help with funeral expenses.
ODELL CHINA -- Funeral services for Mr. Odell China, conducted by the Rev. Albert J. Rose, were held Mon., Dec. 15, 2003, at St. James Baptist Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mr. China, 72, died Mon., Dec. 8, 2003, at Gilcrest Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. China was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Jackson and Essie Gist China. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. Joseph H. Brown, Jr., Funeral Home of Baltimore, Maryland was in charge of other arrangements.
HAJ SAYYED -- Funeral services for Haj Nearmah Sayyed, conducted by Malik Shabazz, were held Sat., Dec. 13, 2003, at Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Ms. Sayyed, 83, died Fri., Dec. 12, 2003, at her residence in Lake City. She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late William and Roberta White Hinson. She attended the public schools of Philadel-phia, Pennsylvania. She was the owner and operator of several grocery stores in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was married to the late Hajji Sultarn Sayyed. Survivors are: one son, Khaleel Sayyed of Bastrop, Texas; one daughter, Nabaweyyah Sayyed of Brooklyn, New York; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
FRANCISCO RIVERA, SR. -- Funeral services for Francisco Rivera, conducted by Bishop J. Bernard McCray, were held Sat., Dec. 13, 2003, at Kingstree Senior High School Gymnasium in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Cemetery. Mr. Rivera died Mon., Dec. 8, 2003, at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was born Jan. 29, 1953, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Crispulo Rivera, Sr., and Carmen Lopez. Mr. Rivera attended the public schools of Bronx, New York. After school, he joined the army, serving honorably for two years. He worked in the employment of Williamsburg County Regional Hospital in the materials management department for over 26 years. He was also an entrepreneur, establishing and running, with his wife, a successful office cleaning company. Survivors are: his wife, Madeline Rivera; three sons, Sgt. First Class Anthony J. Scott of Fort Polk, Louisiana; Francisco Rivera, Jr., of San Diego, California; and Carlos Rivera of Smyma, Georgia; six brothers, Gilberto Rivera of Florida; Crispulo Rivera, Jr., of New Bedford, Massachusetts; Benjamin Rivera of Juncos, Puerto Rico; Ismael Rivera of Humacao, Puerto Rico; Carmelo Soto of Piscataway, New Jersey; and Victor Rivera of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Martinah Rivera of Gaquas, Puerto Rico; and Margos Lopez of Humacao, Puerto Rico; and four grandchildren.
MARY PURVIS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Duke McCray Wilson Purvis, conducted by the Rev. Herman Gibson, Jr., were held Thurs., March 11, 2004, at Ranzie Grove Baptist Church in Salters. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Jerusalem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Salters. Mrs. Purvis, 99, died Thurs., March 4, 2004, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born in 1905 in Williamsburg county, a daughter of the late Nelson Dukes and Mary McClary. Mrs. Purvis was a member of Ranzie Grove Baptist Church, where she served on the Missionary Board, Senior Choir and vice president of the Deaconess Board. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was married the late Earnest McCray, the late Raleigh Wilson and Williard Purvis. Survivors are: two sons, Charles McCray, Sr., of Salters; and Sanders McCray of St. Petersburg, Florida; one daughter, Adrana Dozier of Charleston; two grandchildren she reared as her own, Mary Catherine McCray and Charles McCray, both of the home; six step-daughters, Mrs. Luvina Smith and Mrs. Maude Kegler, both of Salters; Lisa Dupree and Vivian Morell, both of Florence; Jannie Mitchell of Charlotte, North Carolina; Francis Purvis of New York City, New York; two step-sons, Herbert Wilson of Charleston; and Harry Wilson of Rochester, New York; one sister, Mrs. Anna Lee Preston of Darlington; 46 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
BETTY ROBINSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Robinson, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Gamble, were held Wed., March 10, 2004, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Andrews. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed St. Mary A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Mrs. Robinson, 67, died Fri., March 5, 2004, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. She was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Andrews, a daughter of the late Roscoe Cain and Carrie Smith Cain Chandler. She was educated in the public schools of Georgetown County. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Andrews. She was married to the late Robert Moore and the late Theron Robinson, Sr. Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs. Shirley McBride, Mrs. Elaine Rouse and Mrs. Vanessa Holmes, all of Andrews; one son, Theron Robinson of Salters; two sisters, Mrs. Patricia Brown of Brooklyn, New York; Mrs. Lillie M. McKnight of Andrews; 26 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
LORINA McDOWELL -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lorina McKnight McDowell, conducted by the Rev. James Cannion, were held Sat., March 13, 2004, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lynchburg. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Goodman Cemetery in Lynchburg. Mrs. McDowell, a retired farmer, 94, died Wed., March 10, 2004, at the home of her daughter in Olanta. She was born July 29, 1909, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Billy McKnight, Sr, and Maggie McKnight. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she sang on the choir. She was also a missionary and a member of the Usher Board. Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Allean Evans of the home; and Mrs. Claretha Fleming of Miami, Florida; four sons, J.W. McDowell and Herbert, both of Olanta; George McDowell of Turbeville; and Willie McDowell; 47 grandchildren; 106 great-grandchildren; and 47 great-great-grandchildren.